Friday, 1:00–2:30, Apr. 20
Instructors: Martha Powers, Wanda Prather
They sit on our laps, barf on our rugs, demand food at all hours, and delicately swipe objects off flat surfaces with the grace of Pavlova. After centuries of so-called domestication, why haven’t people figured out cats? This lighthearted class examines the history of cats and humans, and the issues created by our trying to live together. We’ll review recent archeological and genetic discoveries (did the Vikings bring cats to America?) as well as real-life concerns, including caterwauling, claws, hairballs, and thinking outside the box. There will be plenty of time for a Q&A session following the slide show.
Martha Powers is an OLLI member who worked with animal welfare organizations and founded Operation Happy Sock, which benefits homeless cats. She was certified as a veterinary assistant by Fairfax County in 2010.
Wanda Prather is a member with OLLI at Johns Hopkins University in Columbia, MD, and has lived with, and learned from, 17 cats over her lifetime. She is especially familiar with geriatric cat issues. Both women deny being crazy cat ladies.